About

What We Do

The Steinbach Community Foundation invests monetary gifts in endowment funds and grants out a portion of the income earned annually. SCF is dedicated to enhancing the quality of community life by funding local projects that address social services, health and well-being, heritage, sport and recreation, arts and culture, child welfare and family well-being, educational and environmental needs, and other priorities in the Southeast Manitoba area.

Our

MISSION

We promote philanthropy and deepen community partnerships to increase the capacity to support diverse charitable organizations in our community for generations to come.
Cfc Recovery Fund Meeting

Our

VISION

We help our community thrive equally, now and in the future, by supporting a legacy of generosity and caring that connects donors and community partners to answer the needs of our community.
Happy Diverse People Together Park

General Community Fund

2023 FUNDED PROJECTS

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Children's Rehabilitation Foundation Inc.

Adapted Bike: $4,078

Funds were granted to purchase a custom-made adapted bike for a young boy in Southeast Manitoba with mobility issues. This bike will not only improve the child’s physical strength and mobility, but he will also be able to socially interact with other community members who are out biking. This bike gives the feeling of freedom to do something independently and be just like any other kid in the community.

Congratulations and thank you for changing lives,
one child at a time. Photo credit: Svjetlana Mlinarevic, The Carillon

Stars

STARS

Human Patient Simulator Education Program: $5,000

Funds were granted in partnership with the William & Agnes Lepp Family Fund toward the Human Patient Simulation Program (HPS) Training. HPS is integral to STARS, a helicopter emergency medical service and it means the first hands caring for a patient are practiced, confident and skilled in a myriad of critical care procedures and protocols. HPS develops qualities such as leadership, communication, and teamwork in an environment where there are no mistakes -- only learning opportunities.

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication
to high-level care for all. Photo credit: STARS

Serving Seniors Grant 2023 Chris Esau, Daniel Banman, Audrey Harder, Sarah Beaver

SERVING SENIORS INC.

New Stage Flooring: $14,419.18

Funds were granted to replace the stage flooring at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre to improve rental services and safely accommodate varied organizations for dance recitals, choirs, church services, and the list goes on.

Congratulations and thank you for the excellent services you offer in partnership with organizations in and around Steinbach.

Total Freedom Recovery Grant 2023 Chris Esau, Daniel Banman, Pastor Rick Mcmillin

TOTAL FREEDOM ADDICTIONS RECOVERY CENTRE

Building Facility Upgrade Renovations: $677.82

Funds were granted to upgrade a building to safely accommodate more clients. The Centre’s focus is on promotion of balance and integration of mind, body, and spirit to men eighteen years of age and over who have life-controlling problems/behavior's and a desire to change their lives. The Centre is open to those across Manitoba, with or without faith, including men transitioning from incarceration.

Congratulations and thank you for supporting men from Steinbach and various parts of Manitoba.

PAST GRANTS

2022

Eden Residential Care Services Inc.

Renovations

5000

Chalet Malouin

Automatic Doors

5000

Steinbach Community Outreach

New Van

8000

2021

Linden Place, HavenGroup

Universal Flip Flop Tables

3000

City of Steinbach

L.A. Barkman Park Basketball Court

7000

Ronald McDonald House

New House Build

2000

Steinbach Arts Council

Community Theatre Expansion

8000

Please see annual reports for photos and full story.

Recent News

Updates

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NEW Board Member!

We give a very warm welcome to our newest board member, Crystal Hildebrandt!

Crystal’s roots are in southeastern Manitoba where she gained invaluable insights into community care and responsibility. After some time in Winnipeg, she made her home in Steinbach, where her passion for community engagement continues to grow.

Throughout her career, Crystal has had the privilege of connecting with a diverse array of people, businesses, and various groups within the community. Her commitment to service extends beyond her professional life, as she actively volunteers with minor
sports teams and Eastman Immigrant Services.

Crystal’s dedication to community development includes roles with various committees, including Steinbach Summer in the City, Steinbach Chamber of Commerce, Steinbach Arts Council, the Southeast Multiplex, and the Summer Games Bid Committee. With her experience and commitment to community betterment, Crystal looks forward to contributing to the vision of the SCF board.

 

Scf Annual Grant Awards Invitation

SCF 2024 Annual Grant Awards Wine and Cheese Celebration

Everyone is welcome to join the SCF Board members in celebration as SCF presents the 2024 Grant Awards to various local charities.  Meet the recipients.  Meet the SCF Board members.  Network while enjoying wine, cheese and dainties.  No RSVP necessary.

7pm Wednesday, June 26 in the atrium at Eastman Education Centre, 385 Loewen Blvd. Steinbach

The evening will begin with a short AGM followed by award presentations and refreshments.

OUR PROCESS

Grant Applications

Granting Process: The grant application deadline is March 31 of each year.

The 3rd Wednesday of April, the applicant will meet with the SCF Board for a 15 minute interview to discuss the project, organization, and answer any questions that may arise.

The 3rd Wednesday of May, the SCF Board will make all granting decisions and all applicants will be advised of granting decisions within one week of the May meeting. All applicants receiving a grant will be expected to sign a Grant Agreement and follow the SCF granting process and policy.

For more information on the SCF granting process and documentation, please contact the SCF office at admin@steinbachcf.ca or 204-823-4521.

Your application is due on March 31

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Our Board

Mary Jane Hiebert 1

Mary Jane Hiebert

Chair

Mary Jane Hiebert 1

Mary Jane Hiebert

Chair

Mary Jane was born and raised in Steinbach where she lives today, and she enjoys her cottage on the lake in Killarney.

Ms. Hiebert began her career in travel in 1994, with the purchase of Harvest Travel Ltd. in Steinbach, Manitoba. In 2014, Holiday Travel was acquired by Canada One travel, where until March 2020 she continued to fulfill her role as General Manager. Presently, Mary Jane is the Owner of Oyster Travel Services in Steinbach.

Mary Jane has a degree in Vocal Performance (BMus) from the University of Manitoba and has performed on stages throughout Canada and Europe. This combination has enabled her to combine her love of travel and music for the past 30 years.

Ms. Hiebert was the President of the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce from 2001 – 2007, a member of the original planning committee for the Summer in The City Festival in Steinbach, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Eastman Education Centre and Steinbach Campus Foundation.

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Chris Esau

Vice Chair

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Chris Esau

Vice Chair

Chris was born and raised just outside Mitchell, MB. After graduating high school here in Steinbach, Chris moved to Winnipeg to attend Red River College. Upon graduation, Chris started his career in finance. He now has over 15 years of experience as a finance professional in agriculture, mining, property management, and hospitality. Chris has worked for a range of companies starting with large grain companies in Winnipeg, then moved to Thunder Bay where he spent five years working for an international gold mining company.

After starting a family, Chris and his wife moved back to Manitoba to be closer to their extended families and began working with Schinkel Properties as chief financial officer and controller for their group of companies. Chris says, “We always want to look at making our community a better place for future generations to also enjoy.”

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Sarah Beaver

Finance and Administration Chair

Sarah Beaver 1

Sarah Beaver

Finance and Administration Chair

Sarah Beaver, CPA, CGA is a partner of Gislason, Targownik, Peters Chartered Professional Accountants. She graduated at the top of her class in 2007 and earned the Professional Level Award of Excellence. Prior to getting her designation, Sarah worked for her family’s business for many years, and enjoys being able to relate to her clients, as they discuss their challenges and successes.

In her spare time, she enjoys baking (as her hubby has taken over the cooking), cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, reading military science fiction, and acknowledges that she is a geek, but not a nerd.

Sarah also sits on the CPA Manitoba Appeals Committee and volunteers heavily with the Beaver family chauffeur organization. Her co-chair there is the family poodle named Yadi. Sarah was born, bred, and baptized in Steinbach, and believes in giving back to her community where she can.

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Deb Rempel

Governance Chair

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Deb Rempel

Governance Chair

Deb is a life-long resident of the City of Steinbach. She is married to Barry and together they have two married sons and six grandchildren.

In her spare time, she loves being with her grandchildren and enjoys the outdoors, long walks, and listening to music.

Deb enjoys helping others and being involved in the community through volunteering and lending a helping hand to those in need. Being involved in several organizations within the community continues to be my goal today. Deb expresses, “My heart is filled when I can help someone and make a positive contribution.”

Deb is a member of The Chrysalis Fund – a local women’s giving circle.

After being employed by the City of Steinbach for 29+ years, Deb recently retired from a job she loved. She now is happy to continue to be part of The Steinbach Community Foundation and looks forward to giving back to the community in this way.

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Lynda Lambert

Executive Director

Lynda Lambert 1

Lynda Lambert

Executive Director

Lynda loves bringing people together in the community to work collectively towards the “common good”. Raised in Morden as the daughter of small business owners, community development and support have always been a top priority for Lynda and her family. Prior to joining The Steinbach Community Foundation, she was a member of the Endow Manitoba Team for three years and worked in the Manitoba community foundation movement as the Morden Area Foundation Executive Director for six years. Lynda is new to the community of Steinbach and very excited to learn more about southeast Manitoba.

Lynda enjoys riding motorcycle, fancies herself as an artist through painting and sewing, and loves hosting dinner parties with friends and family.

Feel free to make an appointment with Lynda to chat about your area of passion for the community, and she will assist you with designating your monetary gift. You may also connect with her to discuss SCF granting opportunities, and how SCF can be of assistance in addressing the needs of community.

Reyn Kroeker

Reynold Kroeker

Director

Reyn Kroeker

Reynold Kroeker

Director

Reyn works at Canadian Tire in Steinbach and joined the Foundation in 2011. He continues to serve his church and community in various roles and responsibilities and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

After being on the SCF Board for over 10 years, Reyn Kroeker retired March 2024.  Reyn says, “When I first joined the Foundation, it was a small group of very wonderful and committed people doing the work for the Foundation. We were involved as much as we were able to and enjoyed seeing the different non-profit organizations benefit from the foundation.  Hiring part-time staff in 2021brought new life to the group and with Mary Jane as the new Chair, I know that the board is in very good hands.  The Foundation has grown tremendously thanks to the renewed energy, and I wish you all wisdom and joy.  The SCF is in such a very good place.”

Thank you Reyn for your commitment, wisdom, and good work over the years.

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Lindsey Banman

Director

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Lindsey Banman

Director

Lindsey lives in Steinbach with her husband Matthew and their lovely daughter Norah and is a proud supporter of her home community. This was the reason for joining The Steinbach Community Foundation and wanting to make a greater impact in the lives of community members and organizations working tirelessly on creating healthy communities for all.

She works as the Member Relations Manager with the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce and receives much joy from interacting and forming relationships with local businesses that are enhancing the community through their own work.

Lindsey is always up for a great concert, especially while enjoying the Winnipeg Folk Festival with thousands of people. She never misses a season of playing on the Lorette Royals ringette team, which is a highlight of wintertime for her.

Lindsey and Matthew enjoy going on nearby flying adventures in their 1977 Grumman Cheetah airplane, which has often taken them to new places, meeting wonderful people and providing hilarious stories…often turning into a comedy sketch at the next friend’s get-together!

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Wes Unger

Director

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Wes Unger

Director

Past President of Manitoba Real Estate Association. Served on Steinbach Town Council. Past President of the Steinbach Chamber of Commerce. Served as a Board of Director for Red River Mutual for 20 years. Past President of the Steinbach Lions Club. Partner in several York Tire stores in the 80’s. Realtor for 30 years. Currently serves on the Eden Foundation Board. Previously lived in Winnipeg for six years and in Winkler for three years.
Wes currently lives in Steinbach, is married to Jo Unger, and together they have two married children and three grandchildren.

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Andrew Warkentin

Director

Andrew Warkentin 1

Andrew Warkentin

Director

Andrew works at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP as a lawyer and practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, property and development, and municipal law. After graduating high school, Andrew moved to Winnipeg to complete his undergraduate degree in Criminology/Sociology, and later to Ottawa to complete his law degree.

Despite now living and working in Winnipeg, Andrew remains fond of his Steinbach roots. He can be found working from his firm’s office in town on occasion and returns to Steinbach often to visit his friends and family. Andrew is pleased to serve on The Steinbach Community Foundation as his way to give back to the community of his birth that helped shape who he is as a person today.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys playing hockey, softball, fishing, and attending local concerts.

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Crystal Hildebrandt

Board Member

Crystal Hildebrand 1

Crystal Hildebrandt

Board Member

Crystal’s roots are in southeastern Manitoba where she gained invaluable insights into community care and responsibility. After
some time in Winnipeg, she made her home in Steinbach, where her passion for community engagement continues to grow. T

Throughout her career, Crystal has had the privilege of connecting with a diverse array of people, businesses, and various groups
within the community. Her commitment to service extends beyond her professional life, as she actively volunteers with minor
sports teams and Eastman Immigrant Services.

Crystal’s dedication to community development includes roles with various committees, including Steinbach Summer in the City,
Steinbach Chamber of Commerce, Steinbach Arts Council, the Southeast Multiplex, and the Summer Games Bid Committee.
With her experience and commitment to community betterment, Crystal looks forward to contributing to the vision of the SCF
board.

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Daniel Banman

Youth Representative

Daniel Banman 1

Daniel Banman

Youth Representative

Daniel is a student at the Steinbach Regional Secondary School and is the first ever youth board member in The Steinbach Community Foundation. He is an active supporter of the Steinbach community and the people who make Steinbach a diverse, inclusive, and innovative community.

He enjoys playing hockey, traveling, and spending time with friends and family at the lake. Daniel was born and raised in Steinbach and spends his time going to school, helping his community, and cheering on the Montreal Canadiens. Daniel tells us, “I’m excited to be a member of The Steinbach Community Foundation and even more excited to learn how to make a difference in my community through this program!"

SCF Endowment Funds

Gifts are permanently invested and, according to the SCF spending policy, a portion of the income earned is distributed every year to local registered charities as grants.

General Community Endowment Fund

A non-designated fund that provides general support grants as determined by the Community Foundation board.

The Chrysalis Fund

A donor advised fund supported by a community of women philanthropists to support charitable programs benefiting children, youth, and families in Steinbach and the surrounding area.

Named Family Funds

Designated or donor advised funds created and augmented by individuals or families. These fund holders have the ability to recommend grant support to their preferred charity or field of interest.

Arts Stabilization Manitoba Fund

A designated fund established to support the internal operations of the Steinbach Arts Council Inc.

Heritage – Mennonite Heritage Village Fund

An agency fund created to build and maintain operating capacity for the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum.

Mennonite Heritage Village (Canada) Inc. Signature Museum Sustainability Fund

A designated fund to support the governance and management, operational standards, and enhancement of visitor experiences at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum.

RESOURCES

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